Milwaukee Artist Resource Network
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The Milwaukee Artists Resource Network (MARN) is a membership organization dedicated to helping the lives and success of area artists.  

MARN offers classes, workshops, gallery events and most importantly a connection to Milwaukee's vibrant art world. 


MARN wanted to build a web application that mixed a social network and artist gallery that would help connect artists with buyers, collaborators, commissioners and the public.  MARN wanted a site that can change artists' lives, and while this is no small request, we really love a good challenge.


The Challenge

MARN, as an organization, has one of the most diverse member populations, from young to old, PhDs to GEDs. The best artists are non-traditional people with a truly varying degree of online skills. Creating a web application for artists was going to be difficult, and usability and interface were going to be paramount. Couple that for a need for a front-end site that was stunning, unique and still easy to use for the public, we worked with the brilliant designer Ashley Potter from the sketches to the completion.


The Result

The result was a website that is more than a social network plus gallery, has a gestalt of its own, a community of artists showing their best work. MARN has a centralized site for art lovers to find and support an artist or art event, artists to promote their own work, buy and sell art supplies, establish collaborations and so much more. The site also takes membership dues and course fees through a specialized e-commerce system made just for them. With Byte Studios deep technology and user experience skills, it was easy to take the passion that MARN had for Milwaukee artists and their success and focus that into a site that is both beautiful and easy to use. 

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